Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


SANFORD, Maine (AP) -- There was a D-J and buffet table. But police in Maine say it wasn't the food that attracted a crowd. It was the sex. Authorities in Sanford have ordered Great Beginnings Catering to stop holding swingers parties. Police Chief Tom Connolly says two undercover officers posed as a couple and went to a sex party earlier this month. Connolly says the officers were "shocked by the open performance of sex acts everywhere." Town authorities say the club is in violation of local codes, but the catering firm's owners aren't charged with a crime.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not your average museum visit. For one -- some of the museum-goers aren't wearing anything. The New Museum in New York features an exhibit called "Experience." The work is by German artist Carsten Holler (HOO'-ler). In one part, art lovers strip and jump into a salty pool. Another requires elbow pads and even a helmet. Visitors ride a three-story slide that winds through the building. If that's not enough to rock your world, you can take it all in with special goggles that turn everything upside-down. The Experience opened yesterday and runs through mid January.


FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Smoking can be hazardous to your health -- your legal health. Police report busting a 45-year-old Philadelphia man (Timothy Hriczo) based on DNA on a cigar. The stoogie had been left behind in a stolen car two years ago. The Bucks County Courier Times reports police had chased the car, but the thief bailed. The DNA test was run when the car's owner told investigators he didn't smoke. The suspect was arrested during an appointment with a parole officer from a previous case.


MIAMI (AP) -- Having her cake and eating it too. But authorities say it wasn't cake -- it was a coke. Police in Miami charge a British teenaged girl was carrying 30 pounds of cocaine stuffed in 24 boxes of cake mix. Her suitcase was screened after the teen arrived in Miami on a flight from Jamaica last Friday. The Miami Herald reports the girl isn't being identified because of her age. She turned 18 while in juvenile detention. Police say the teen told them she didn't know what was in the cake mix.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- It's a crime with a certain ring to it. San Francisco police report finding a 2-ton copper bell that had been stolen from St. Mary's Cathedral. Police say a tip led them to the historic bell, which had been left across the street from an Oakland scrap yard. It was covered by a tarp. Investigators figure the crooks wanted to sell the bell. But police are not sure how the thieves could have hauled the massive thing away. The bell was cast in 1889 and survived the 1906 earthquake.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- There's something new under the sun on a Colorado farm. The farm owned by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation is sprouting solar plans. The solar garden will have 2,500 panels, which will generate power for Colorado Springs Utilities customers. The Gazette reports SunShare hopes to have the panels up and running by early December. Customers can lease two panels for 20 years for $1,100. So far, more than 600 panels have been reserved.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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